Leading Leaders (Part 2)
Last month we challenged you, as a business leader, to gather insights from the Lord about what is required of you and your leadership team as leaders of leaders. If you didn’t read that post, you can find it here.
The key principle is that leaders of leaders are entrusted with much, and therefore much is required. (Luke 12:48).
Today, let’s discuss stewarding this responsibility and the core values we seek to find in leaders of leaders at Betenbough Companies. These values are inspired by Holy Spirit as we seek to care for what and who is entrusted to us.
As you read, we encourage you to reflect on your style of leadership and the leaders you are building – do you and your leaders of leaders team embody these values?
Do you question the established process in search of a better solution? Is good the enemy of great to you? Or are you simply maintaining the status quo?
Passion for the Business
It’s not enough to simply be passionate about your business’s purpose. Are you deeply engaged in the “doing” of the business? Does your leadership team love the business with their whole being?
Entrepreneurs have the independence and acumen to own a small business on their own. Of course, you might own or co-manage the business, but are you willing to be a risk taker and learn on the fly? What big problems in your business have you been actively avoiding because it’s too “risky”?
People with vision see what we should do, not just what we are doing. You must be able to connect the details of each employee’s work to what they are ultimately accomplishing. Are you a few steps ahead of those around you? Do you know where your business is going?
Curious leaders don’t wait to be fed, they feed themselves. Take on this insatiable hunger to learn and grow. Don’t settle with being a good listener. Try to understand another perspective rather than thinking about what you will say next, especially if you disagree.
When met with adversity, persist. Keep moving. We see this in Luke 9:51 when “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” to accomplish his mission once and for all. When leaders with grit are set on an inspired mission, they cannot be dissuaded.
This is the ability to accurately pick up on other’s emotions, not only as an observer but also as an active participant in the conversation. Can you sense tensions in the room, even if it is towards you and even if you don’t agree? Can you tactfully engage the emotions of those around you?
You know someone can clearly communicate when they are able to take a complex topic and explain it in a way people can understand and connect with. When a team understands a topic, they are able to own it and thus weigh in on it. Can you create clarity and security in situations where people are confused or afraid?
Being value-oriented is more than an operating principle. It’s a core value and it means getting more than you paid for something. Are you finding ways, not just strictly in your business practice, but also in your relationships, to add value in everything you do?
We hope these values challenge you to reflect and trust you will partner with God to create a list for your leaders of leaders and yourself.
For more information about these values and what we require of our leaders and ourselves, take a look at our Leader’s Guide.